The Phoenix Academy of Performing Arts will host an open house

Members of the Phoenix Gymnastics team work on the balance beam at the Phoenix Academy of Performing Arts. Photo provided

Pennsylvania’s Phoenix Academy of Performing Arts will hold an open house for its gymnastics, dance and circus arts programs as it prepares for fall classes.

The event will take place from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, August 19 at the Academy, 118 Hawbaker Industrial Drive, with an interactive opportunity for kids to explore the gymnasium and for parents to learn more about its programs, according to a press release. .

Phoenix USAIGC team members will perform gymnastics and dance demonstrations and attendees will be able to view and learn about the space where circus arts training takes place.

Registration for the 2022-23 session is underway and parents can register for classes online at

The Phoenix Academy opened its new facilities in November 2021, offering children, teens and adults lessons in gymnastics, dance and, for the first time in the region, circus arts.

Finda Reichert, Gymnastics Program Director and Head Coach, will host the Open House. She was a Central Region gymnastics instructor for over a decade and was the head coach of a USA Independent Gymnastics Club champion team.

“Our facility is perfectly suited for all the different disciplines we offer,” Reichert said. “For us, our location (near North Atherton Street and Interstate 99) is ideal because it’s very central, so families can come from all over central Pennsylvania. We’re here to help everyone who comes in, whatever discipline they’re talking about, whether it’s gymnastics, circus or dance, we want to help them set the goals they want to achieve.

“And the most important thing for me is when they leave that gym for the last time, my goal…is for them to come out stronger and more confident and just ready to take on their next challenge in life.”

Reichert opened the academy with his business partner Dmitry Myers, a professional circus arts performer and former competitive gymnast trained professionally in ballet. Myers is the creative director of Phoenix Academy and the director of circus arts and dance programs.

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Dmitry Myers, director of circus arts and dance programs at Phoenix Academy, leads a student on an aerial lyre. Photo provided.